Savvy mum transforms old dining room furniture for just £50 by painting it – saving hundreds

A SAVVY mum transformed a tired dining room set for just £50 – by painting it.

Victoria Tullett, 42, a recruitment officer and mum-of-two from Brighton, upcycled the table and chairs for her parents.

Sick of their old wooden table and leather chairs, the grandparents were about to buy a new set for hundreds of pounds, but Victoria gave their existing set a blue grey makeover instead.

She told "I began following the Frenchic fan page. My parents had mentioned that they wanted to get a new table and chairs and I just thought 'why not try to transform them instead?’

"There was nothing wrong with the actual set, in terms of stability and build, just that the colours didn't work with our new scheme.

"I have since painted my lounge furniture too, and made a whole seating area in my garden out of pallets and Frenchic paint.

"I plan on doing my kitchen next. I have a fair few cupboards, so I need to do it in stages. I am just working out colours before I begin.

"What I love about this paint is how you can take something drab and change it into something you love and on a budget.

"For the table and chairs, I used Dazzle Me and Swanky Pants each costing £17.95 each, although I did not use the full tin of each, and a very small amount of Finishing Coat for the tabletop which cost £12.95.”

What Victoria did

Explaining her method, Victoria said:

"I started by sugar soaking everything and then very lightly sanded it, as if you were wiping it clean, and then dusted all the dust off.

"I used very thin coats of paint, and although I had nothing to lose, I have to admit after the initial coat it is an 'oh my gosh, what have I done moment!’

"I waited the two hours in between coats and set about on the second coat. By the third and final coat, the magic had taken place and it had been totally transformed.

"In terms of tips, I would say preparation is key. Take your time, use thin coats and wait the two hours between coats if not longer.

"If the first coat looks dreadful, you are doing it right! I cannot stress enough how much you need to do thin coats only.

"I found the chairs to be a bit tacky afterwards, so used a paintbrush and coated them in talcum powder, which did the trick."

The project took Victoria three days and she says it helped her cope with the stresses of lockdown.

She added: "I do suffer from anxiety and depression and lockdown hit me quite hard.

"I find painting is my happy place. The sense of achievement at the end is worth the hard work, although this was not a difficult project.

"The paint went on so easily, and it was really enjoyable. It was all completed in three days!

"Initially we had looked at lots of different tables of a similar design and they were all coming in in the hundreds of pounds.

"For under £50, we were able to create a modern dining area that matches perfectly with the kitchen and for a fraction of the price."

Yesterday, a woman revealed how she makes two weeks’ worth of dinners for two for £4, she'll buy chicken for 50p with yellow stickers and batch cook to cut costs.

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